Believe it or not, the e prefix in front of all those words (and many more) actually stands for something. Which I guess is a part of Etymology that we completely overlook. For those of you who may still be in the dark, the “e” stands for electronic. But what is the difference between electronic and non electronic methods of mail, commerce, banking, and learning in present day Ireland?
Mail, regardless of mode of transfer, has a level of electronic processes involved in its creation and delivery. Given that technology is used to register post, electronics sort the mail and assuming that an electronic appliance wrote the content, is it still appropriate to call that mail, well, mail?
Is banking simply banking anymore given that all of our information is stored on servers regardless of doing our business in a bank building?
Well I guess the answer is no. With thanks to the electronic evolution revolution, everything in our lives is becoming, well, electronic. So should we add an “e” to the other aspects of our lives dominated by electronics? Go eExercising, eSocialise with friends or listen to some eMusic. I can’t see that catching on.
So it begs the question: is it time we drop the “e”?